Rafael Nadal enters quarters of Mexico Open

The Spaniard said he has to think about protecting his knees and stay healthy for the European clay-court season which climaxes with the French Open, which he has won seven times.

updated: February 28, 2013 15:07 IST
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Acapulco, Mexico: Rafael Nadal's return from injury gathered pace on Wednesday as the former world No.1 downed Argentina's Martin Alund 6-0, 6-4 to reach the Mexican Open quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Nadal made short work of the first set before fending off a more determined Alund in the second to finish the match in just over 85 minutes Alund at the clay court tournament.

"The first set was very, very good, perhaps the best one in the tour so far," the Spaniard said. "I'm really happy for the way that I compete in that first set. In the second one I got I little bit tired and it was an even match before he made some mistakes for me to won it".

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